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TNT eyes Jon Bernthal for ‘Noir’ pilot

'Walking Dead' star may reunite with Darabont for period drama

“The Walking Dead” star Jon Bernthal is in early conversations with TNT to star in its period drama pilot “L.A. Noir,” shepherded by Frank Darabont.

Sources close to the situation emphasized that discussions have barely begun and there’s no certainty a deal will come together. But it would mark a reunion for Bernthal and Darabont, who developed and exec produced the first season of AMC’s “Walking Dead” before parting ways with the show last year.

TNT declined comment.

In “L.A. Noir,” Bernthal would play Joe Teague, the Los Angeles cop at the center of the show that examines corruption in the LAPD and ties between police and underworld figures in the 1940s and ’50s. TNT greenlit the pilot earlier this month (Daily Variety, Jan. 10). Darabont wrote the script, based on the book by John Buntin, and will helm for TNT Original Prods. Michael De Luca and Elliott Webb exec produce with Darabont.

Bernthal has been riding the momentum from his breakout role on “Walking Dead,” in which he co-stars as a small-town sheriff’s deputy who becomes a leader of survivors of a zombie apocalypse. The second half of the show’s highly successful sophomore season bows Feb. 12.

Bernthal also just wrapped Summit Entertainment’s action-thriller “Snitch,” opposite Dwayne Johnson and Susan Sarandon.

He’s repped by WME, Burstein Co. and attorney Kim Stenton at Myman Greenspan.

Cynthia Littleton contributed to this report.

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